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Should We Be Thinking About Washable Period Pads?

So I’m reading this article, and I’m already in a mood because I just finished watching the video of the female high school student being flung to the ground by a police officer and I’m wondering where we’re headed as a country, which isn’t anything new. I wonder this everyday.

This particular article is talking about how girls in developing countries like Nepal, Afghanistan and parts of Africa don’t have access to pads for their periods. Damn.

It’s always been a problem, but now a few companies are stepping up to the plate, supplying these girls with washable pads.

Washable as in reusable? Come on, that’s not cool. If you’re going to help someone help them all the way. Is it because these girls live in places like Afghanistan and Africa that they think it’s okay to supply them with pads that they have to wash and reuse? That’s just nasty. And what if you have an extra heavy flow?

Would they give these pads to their own daughters?

Let me take a break from this computer because if I read enough of these stories my whole day is going to be ruined.

A few minutes later, I’m back, picking up in the article where I left off. Don’t ask me why. It’s like Empire, a hot mess, but I can’t turn away.

So it starts saying that girls in these countries are missing school because they don’t have pads. Missing school? Some are dropping out altogether because without pads they resort to using newspapers, scraps of clothes and even leaves from trees to manage the flow. It’s embarrassing because they obviously leak.

Of course, they do! Leaves are no match for period flow. So unable to keep up, four to five days each month is a lot of school to miss, they just stay home. But it’s not just them. Some women don’t go to work for the same reasons. Nobody’s got time to be bleeding all over the place. The problem becomes a vicious cycle because families need that woman’s income to survive. All this because of period pads? That’s crazy!

And I’m crazy too. Sitting here in front of my computer judging how other people are trying to help. What am I doing besides complaining? I even know better. I know that all these disposable pads aren’t good for the environment. It takes a disposable diaper 550 years to decompose and you only use those for about three years. Disposable pads are even worse because we use them for a good 30 plus years. Where are they dumping all these pads?

It’s bloody nuts.

I don’t even like these plastic pads because even if I get one the length and width of a mattress sheet, it still moves and I end up with leakage. So guess what? I’m always washing my panties out during my period anyway. At least with washable, cotton pads it’s official. And I’m not throwing these big companies my money each month while they keep promising me ‘extra protection.’ Go on with that.

Talk about getting caught up. I’m going to let these girls have their washable pads and I’m going to get on with my day. It’s not like I don’t have work to do. But I must admit, I will be looking further into these washable pads…is anybody with me?

Would you switch to washable period pads?

This article first appeared on Madamenoire 10/28/15

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